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Vermont Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-VT)

In Vermont, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain a Utility Right-of-Way from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above state owned real property. A developer may also need a Highway Right-of-Way Permit from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

Vermont Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Utilities may need a Utility Right-of-Way to authorize the use of a corridor across state lands for utility lines which include electric transmission lines. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Policy: Use of State Lands.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
State Highway Right-of-Way: Any person may need a State Highway Access and Work Permit to dig or excavate a trench for to install wires, including electrical wires, in a public highway right-of-way. VT. Stat. Ann. § 19.1111(a)(1), (c)(1).
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: Vermont Agency of Transportation
Eminent Domain: A company may exercise the power of eminent domain for construction of electric transmission facilities if the Vermont Public Utility Commission grants the company a certificate allowing the use of eminent domain. VT. Stat. Ann. § 248).